Choose Faith and It Will Increase
By Rick Warren
— February 4, 2011
“God clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today but tomorrow is thrown into the fire. So you can be even more sure that God will clothe you. Don’t have so little faith!” Matthew 6:30 (NCV)
"Flowers are not made beautiful because of their anxiety. They are made beautiful because of the character of God."
The disciples had good reason to worry in Matthew 8. They were fishermen, so they knew how dangerous the storm was that they faced. And yet, when they woke Jesus, he said to them, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” (Matthew 8:26 NLT).
That statement is a big challenge to us. It reminds us that there is no reason good enough to worry. When we are in the midst of realities in our lives that might cause us to worry, Jesus is saying we need to choose faith instead.
How do you make this choice? You understand the character of God. You understand his love for you and how he wants to work in your life.
One of the pictures God used to help understand his character is the picture of flowers. Jesus said, “Look at the lilies and how they grow … if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith!” (Matthew 6:28-30 NLT).
Flowers are not made beautiful because of their anxiety. They are made beautiful because of the character of God. God is at work in your life too. He is a generous and loving God.
How do you increase your faith when there are so many circumstances in life that cause you to worry? Start praying in advance. Most of the time you can see what’s coming, so you can either choose to worry about it or you can start putting your faith in God before it gets here.
Jesus tells this story in Luke 8, “The seed that fell among the thorny weeds is like those who hear God’s teaching, but they let the worries, riches and pleasures of this life keep them from growing and producing good fruit” (NCV).
If you pray about the things that are worrying you, your faith will produce a burst of growth, joy, productivity and significance like you have never seen before.